News in Brief

NOAA Launches Big Data Project

May 6, 2015 |

A big data project launched by the U.S. Commerce Department brings together major cloud analytics vendors and the Open Cloud Consortium to develop infrastructure needed to access the more than 20 terabytes of satellite weather data generated each day. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a Commerce Department agency, currently manages the daily torrent of observational data collected by weather satellites and other ocean- and land-based sensors. Last month, NOAA and Commerce officials announced a research agreement with cloud Read more…

Intel Says Upgraded Haswells Will Speed Analytics

May 5, 2015 |

The new Xeon processors unveiled today by Intel will find their way into a number of applications. But one of the most prominent uses will be powering the next-generation of real-time analytics, the chip giant says. Encryption in Hadoop will also get a boost. Intel processors already run the lion’s share of big data workloads, thanks to the twin forces of open source development and commodity pricing. But with data analytics clearly on the executive agenda in companies across all Read more…

HP Targets Big Data Workloads With New Servers

May 5, 2015 |

Hewlett-Packard said it is targeting “data-intensive workloads” with a series of Compute platform servers and an accompanying big data reference architecture aimed at leveraging the data torrent from connected “things.” HP said Tuesday (May 4) its new batch of ProLiant and Apollo servers were fine-tuned with a big data reference architecture to zero in on data-heavy workloads like Hadoop that increasingly dominate datacenters. The platforms also reflect the emergence of new server technologies and architectures that incorporate open source data Read more…

Who’s ‘Cool’ In Storage Now?

May 1, 2015 |

Storage hardware may not get the glory in our software-dominated world, but it’s a critical element of a big data environment nonetheless. So when Gartner trotted out its “Cool Vendors” in storage last month, Datanami had to take a look. Five storage vendors made the cut in the analyst firm’s report, including  DataGravity, Infinidat, Infinio, Maxta, and Storiant. We’ll take a look at each of these vendors, as well as why Gartner thinks they’re so “cool.” DataGravity — This Nashua, Read more…

Microsoft Scales Data Lake into Exabyte Territory

Apr 29, 2015 |

Microsoft today announced its Azure Data Lake, an HDFS-compatible data repository designed to store vast amounts of structured and unstructured data for customers who want to analyze or explore it later with their choice of tools. The company also announced a cloud-based data warehouse and a new graph API for MS Office. Azure Data Lake service is “a nearly infinite data repository that supports petabyte-size files and all types of data,” says Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president of the Read more…

Report: Plans Lacking to Fill Data Skills Gap

Apr 29, 2015 |

The soaring demand for data scientists and the resulting pressure on the analytics labor pool is placing a premium on analytics talent as more companies with more data to sift through discover they are trying to hire the same workers. That is among the key findings of yet another study documenting the growing data analytics skills gap. The MIT Sloan Management research report, “The Talent Dividend,” reaches a familiar conclusion: “Analytics talent is driving competitive advantage in data-oriented companies.” The Read more…

Pivotal, Hortonworks Join Forces on Hadoop

Apr 28, 2015 |

Cloud-based big data provider Pivotal Software and Hortonworks announced the addition of a key component of Pivotal’s Big Data Suite to the Hortonworks’ Hadoop platform. The partners said this week customers investing in Hortonworks’ Data Platform could now run version 1.3 of Pivotal’s HAWQ, an advanced SQL-on-Hadoop engine. The deal expands on Pivotal’s previously announced plans to partner with Hortonworks on enterprise data management and analytics. The deal also marks the first time HAWQ features have been released outside of Read more…

AI Developer Touts ‘Artificial Precognition’

Apr 24, 2015 |

A U.K. analytics startup developing a proprietary application it calls “artificial precognition” said this week it has released the platform for testing. London-based Massive Analytic said its Oscar AP artificial intelligence platform was being made available for beta testing so partners can use the tool to analyze business moves and predict the outcomes of those decisions. Oscar AP, which runs on native Hadoop, is billed as a kind of artificial intelligence “trusted advisor” capable of analyzing a company’s business operations Read more…

Grad Schools Move to Fill Data Skills Gap

Apr 24, 2015 |

Graduate programs in data science are popping up across the country—some of them offered online—while some universities are elevating the status of their data science programs within computer science programs and backing these efforts with major investments. Earlier this month, the University of Massachusetts launched at Amherst launched its Center for Data Science that will begin offering a master’s degree next year. The school has raised $100 million to hire 40 new faculty members over the next decade, doubling its Read more…

Lavastorm Pushes Analytics Collaboration

Apr 22, 2015 |

An upgraded analytics engine rolled out this week by Lavastorm seeks to deliver greater transparency in how analytics are created as a way to repair what the company argues is a “disjointed” process of creating and sharing analytic applications. Boston-based Lavastorm touts its Analytics Engine 6.0 as promoting transparency as a way to encourage collaboration among the authors and users of analytic programs. To that end, the latest version of the analytics engine includes data flow logic and interim data Read more…